At The Top Of Chiang Mai

Thailand Mountain Trail has spent several years to investigate the most beautiful and interesting mountain trails around Chiang Mai. We discovered those different routes in the Doi Suthep mountain at the beginning of our researches. We were immediately seduced by the beauty and the wildness of those areas located at the doorsteps of the city.

This trip will lead us to the summit of Doi Pui, the highest mountain around Chiang Mai at 1685m above the sea level. From the city it is a long climb up in the tropical forest until the summit surrounded by pines trees. It requires significant efforts to hike up there, but at the top the view on the valley of Chiang Mai and the other mountains is a well-deserved reward.

Characteristics of the Trip

2,150 THB

All-inclusive price
DURATION
1 Day
DISTANCE
16K
ELEVATION GAIN
1,300M+
DIFFICULTY
2 Peaks
TRIP TYPE
Trek & Discover

90% single-track trail
Jungle and tropical forest
Highlights: Doi Pui summit (1685m), Khun Chang Khian and Ban Doi Pui villages
Start: Chiang Mai
Finish: Ban Doi Pui (1-hour transfer back)
Duration: 7-8 hours
Including drinks, snacks, meals, transfers, NP fee, guide
Additional day available on request
Available all year round
Meeting point: TMT office (Chiang Mai)

Details of the Day 16K & 1’300M+

The route takes the 1st path that linked the city of Chiang Mai to the village of Khun Chang Khian 1000m higher. It was traced many years ago before the 1st concrete road to Wat Doi Suthep was built. At this period it was the only way for all the Hmong people who lived up in the mountains to go to the city and sell their products.

At the doorsteps of Chiang Mai in the morning, we take a trail alongside a beautiful stream. A few hundred meters further we can already enjoy a nice view on the city at the sunrise. Then we climb straight up into the forest on a wild trail. The muscles are still a bit cold when the path goes steeper. For 7k and 1’000m+ it’s a regular climb in the forest and the jungle until we reach Chang Khian.

After a break in the village, we continue to hike up. The slope gets progressively harder and becomes so steep that we have to use our hands to help us at some points. High in the sky we follow a magnificent line of ridges edged in pine trees. All around us we can observe fields and mountains; in front the summit of Doi Pui (1685m) stands out in the distance.

After reaching the summit, we plunge again into the jungle and the atmosphere becomes wilder. It’s a beautiful mix between pine forests and tropical forests then the jungle again. We can enjoy a comfortable route that is slightly down until the last Hmong village. Soon the horizon opens up again and we can observe the final destination, the village of Ban Doi Pui. We will stop here for a meal before going back to Chiang Mai by taxi.